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a man wearing a diving mask and tank on stage

A Star is Born or Something

I’m huffing and puffing and carrying a large ironing board. I still have tons of things to do. One is to print out 60 copies of the show sequence. After that I have to attach cardboard fins to the ironing board and cover it all with aluminum foil. I need to make jaws out of paper plates …

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Love is a pie chart

Snakefruit Epiphany (from Bali Wave Ghost)

Following is an excerpt from Bali Wave Ghost. Stephen Black has written several other books including the Singaporean cult classic I Ate Tiong Bahru. The dish described has yet to be actually created but was conceptualized by Chef Ezio Barbero. The backpacker walked in, ordered turmeric tea and began pulling books and pamphlets from her …

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The Greatest Music of All Time

Al Green wrote the most glorious song in the world. Love and Happiness is the beautiful insanity of cherry blossoms.  Love and Happiness is poetry, fear, hope, weakness, strength, violins and big fat funk beats. I have a version of it on a CD, Al Green’s Greatest Hits, an incredible release by Motown Records. On the booklet that …

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Division Street: A Verry Larch Mystery

Richard Lord, a writer and one with extensive experience inside the publishing business, once told me that, in the world of publishing, “Sex sells, but crime pays.” Crime always interested me as a topic, but there was enough on my plate already. And the genre seems well stocked. What could I add? And then I …

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